The first leg ties of the semifinals of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League were eventful as the away sides put themselves in good stead for a place in the finals ahead of the second leg ties on their home turfs. However, it’s not yet over as there is still all to play for.
The two Premier League clubs remaining in the competition did well away from home. They will now have to make sure that their home advantage and away goals advantage work for them in the second leg.
Chelsea traveled to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano and held Real Madrid who were favorites for a win to a 1 all draw. Manchester City also traveled to Parc des Princes and beat Paris Saint-Germain 2:1 even after going down 1 nil at halftime.
Therefore, an all-Premier League final could be on the cards if both sides can consolidate on the first leg result and this will be a massive win for the Premier League in a period where various schools of thought are of the opinion that English football is on the decline.
Ahead of the next leg encounters, Manchester City should know that they still have it all to do at the Etihad when the French outfit come visiting. Paris Saint-Germain have proven very difficult to beat away from home in the knockout stages of this season’s UCL.
This is based on their performances in the last two rounds against Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The Ligue 1 giants were ruthless and did major damages away from home at Camp Nou and the Allianz Arena and had to settle for a draw and a loss in the return legs of those respective ties on their home turf.
Therefore, the Citizens cannot afford to get complacent at the Etihad even with the advantage they have presently.
For Chelsea, they would be playing against a wounded Real Madrid side who’ll be intent on scoring more than they did at home to stand a chance of qualifying to the final.
The Blues have proven to very solid in defense under Thomas Tuchel and we can’t wait to see how Zinedine Zidane’s men navigate the second leg fixture.
Regardless, Thomas Tuchel will have to make a decision on who will lead the line for the Blues as they may be forced to rue any missed chances in the second leg as they almost did in the first leg.
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema showed he can be very clinical but this was not the case with the Blues’ forwards.
Will Timo Werner lead the line again after his wastefulness in front of goal? We shall see! Both games are still open with all to play for. Any of the four teams stand a chance of qualifying if they take their chances.
We look forward to seeing if we’ll have an all-Premier League UCL final, or at least one Premier League club in the final, or no Premier League club at all in the UEFA Champions League final.